An intensive 5 Day (37.5 hours) course to build your own Flat top, Flat headstock Guitar.
Typical guitars built on this course include:
- Tele Style
- LP Junior single Cut Style
- P bass Style
We encourage you to use something like the T-style as a design reference for your build; Flat top, flat headstock, bolt-on with a hardtail bridge. Inlays should be restricted to nothing at all or simple dot inlays, the position and size of which can of course be modified. Specs such as pickups, controls, or scale length can be changed without a problem.
Time constraints mean that custom designs are not available in this course.
A Standard Week on the 5-day course:
- Day One– Shape body, route neck, and truss rod cavity; slot, and glue on fretboard.
- Day Two– Sand body, install frets, radius fretboard, carve neck first facet.
- Day Three– Fretwork and a neck pocket.
- Day Four– Routing body cavities and drilling holes for electronics etc. Fine sanding and flash coat.
- Day Five– Wiring. Assembly. Set-up. Play!
This 5 Day Course entails 7.5 hours a day with coffee/tea and lunch breaks. Your day will begin at 9 am and end at 6 pm. You are welcome to arrive 15 minutes before the day starts, but we cannot let students into the workshop before 8:45 due to health and safety reasons.
*Timbers and hardware can be upgraded through us at an additional cost to the course. You may, however, choose to bring your own materials and hardware if you wish. You will be provided with a Specification sheet for a quote and to confirm that you will be bringing the correct materials upon purchase of the course.
As a student, you will be eligible for an on-course tool discount. This discount will be redeemable against Crimson Guitars Tools and The Vintage Tool Shop. If you wish to use this discount before your course, please let us know and we will ensure your new tools are ready and waiting for you on your bench.
We run courses throughout the year. Please contact our Team for more information about available dates and to schedule your Free Course Consultation. One of our Luthiers will get in touch to discuss the specifications for your dream build so that we can make sure that you will get the most out of your course.
Unlike many "schools", all our teachers have extensive experience working in Crimson Guitars busy Custom Guitar Building and Repair Studio under Master Luthier Ben Crowe.
While there are local shops and pubs within a 10-minute drive of Crimson Guitars, we recommend our students bring a packed lunch.
With our studio based in the picturesque rolling fields of Dorset, close to the town of Dorchester, take this opportunity to combine a unique experience with a refreshing holiday.
Should you require accommodation during your course we have a dedicated booking agent who, for a small fee, will be able to help you.
Please get in touch for more information and to let us know how we can help you be the best Guitar Maker you can be.
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